What some are ask­ing for this hol­i­day

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Danika Wor­thing­ton

Be­fore div­ing into this year’s hol­i­day feast, take some time to re­mem­ber the Colorado fam­i­lies that can’t af­ford to put turkey, latkes or mus­tard greens on their ta­bles.

Nearly one in eight Coloradans struggle with hunger, ac­cord­ing to Hunger Free Colorado. And as the hol­i­day sea­son ar­rives, more peo­ple want to help their fel­low Coloradans.

About half of char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions across the na­tion re­ceive a ma­jor­ity of their do­na­tions dur­ing Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a 2012 GuideS­tar sur­vey of 489 pub­lic char­i­ties and pri­vate foun­da­tions.

Want to make a gift this hol­i­day sea­son? Here’s a list of some of the food banks in Den­ver and what items they need. Ep­worth Foun­da­tion 1865 Bruce Ran­dolph Ave.

The foun­da­tion rec­om­mends do­nat­ing the sta­ples, such as flour, sugar and canned milk. It also needs non­per­ish­able items, such as mac­a­roni and cheese, pasta, canned veg­eta­bles, dry and canned beans and canned meats. Peanut but­ter and jelly are also wel­comed. The foun­da­tion said the lit­tle items are of­ten over­looked, such as salt, pep­per, spices and sea­son­ings. The food bank also dis­trib­utes non­food items that can’t be pur­chased with food stamps such as baby and hy­giene items. Cross­roads of the Rock­ies 2707 W. Mis­sis­sippi Ave.

A spokeswoman said the food bank’s users par­tic­u­larly like tor­tillas, dried beans, rice and items that can be used to make tamales for the hol­i­day. The food bank also asks for non­per­ish­ables and meat, such as chicken and beef, that can be frozen. The food bank also gives out clothes and needs hats, gloves, socks and coats. Den­ver In­ner City Parish 1212 Mari­posa St.

The food bank needs any­thing rang­ing from can foods to per­ish­ables. A spokeswoman said they also need cloth­ing and toys for ages in­fant to 18. Ser­vi­cios de la Raza 3131 W. 14th Ave.

The agency needs hams, tur­keys and plenty of non­per­ish­ables for the hol­i­days. A spokeswoman stressed the need for toys. She said the agency has yet to hear back from Toys for Tots, which nor­mally sup­plies more than 500 toys. She said the agency has re­ceived some toys from St. An­thony’s Church and Pre­vi­ous Child but nowhere

near the num­ber needed. She said toys should be for ages in­fant to 16. De­lano Food Min­istry 395 Knox Ct.

A spokeswoman said the food bank will be do­ing din­ner bas­kets sim­i­lar to Thanks­giv­ing ones. She said those typ­i­cally in­clude a turkey and the fix­ings. She said the food bank al­ways ac­cepts canned goods and what­ever else they can get. Bien­venidos Food Bank 3810 N Pe­cos St.

A spokesman said cook­ing oil is very needed but rarely do­nated. He also said per­sonal care items that can’t be pur­chased with food stamps are needed, such as sham­poo, de­odor­ant, tooth­paste and soap. He said the food bank is also look­ing for di­a­pers and wipes. Food Bank of the Rock­ies 10700 E 45th Av­enue; 3900 Nome Street, Unit T (Den­ver lo­ca­tions only)

A spokesman said the most press­ing need is cash and vol­un­teers, es­pe­cially af­ter the hol­i­days. The food bank can turn a dol­lar into four meals or five pounds of food. A spokesman said the food bank ac­cepts non­per­ish­able food do­na­tions. The food bank can­not ac­cept baby food in glass jars and gen­er­ally dis­cour­ages glass jar do­na­tions be­cause of po­ten­tial break­age. Hours to do­nate are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon­day through Saturday. Metro Car­ing 1100 E. 18th Av­enue

A spokesman said par­tic­i­pants in a re­cent sur­vey asked for cans of tuna, boxes of whole wheat pasta, jars of peanut but­ter, bot­tles of cook­ing oil, bags of dried rice and cans of corn. He said do­na­tions can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and from 5-7 p.m. Tues­day.

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